Clefan From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 299 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1482 times:
Driving past CLE the other day, I saw 3 Commutair B-1900's sitting behind Concourse D. I noticed that they were still in USAirways colors. Are there any plans to repaint them to CO's colors? Also how have these new flights been doing for Commutair and CO?
Ouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4437 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1437 times:
I've noticed the same thing, interestingly enough...they had an ex-US BE1 here in TOL for the press conference on their first day of flying - nice touch. Eitherway, there are some in CO colors and we do see them here from time to time.
As far as performance, locally in May they had a load factor around 33% for 4 flights per day that month. June numbers are not available yet, but I should have those in a day or so.
Any opinion/comment posted is that of my own and not that of Southwest Airlines Co.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1418 times:
UN B732, sometimes it isn't the load factor that determines a route's success. Sometimes it's what the break-even point is for a given market. For example, a few years back CO ran a CLE-SRQ. It had the highest daily load factor in the entier CO system, yet it lost a $1 million each month, because it was all deeply discounted fares, and Senior citizen fares. There's not business travel in that market.
Now, you get to the Commutair markets, and the break-even point, profit and loss, on average, is 6 customers per flight. Sometimes you'll have less than 6 on those flights, but more times than not, you're breaking even, or making at least a small profit. You don't have to fill a plane to make a profit. The Commutair markets are doing OK on that score.